What To Do After a Fire

The moments after a house fire can be extremely overwhelming. We’ve put together a short list of what to do immediately after a fire, as well as what to do within the next 24 hours and the following 48 hours.


Immediately After a Fire

• Secure the property

• Call your insurance company

• Inform your family and friends

• If possible, collect passports, social security cards, birth certificates, and any other important documentation

• Ensure that all utilities have been shut off

• Leave all food, medication, and toiletries in the home


Within 24 Hours

Once your family is safe, focus on securing and protecting your home from further damage.

• Extract excess water from home to prevent further damage from occurring

• Emergency board-up

• Tarp your roof for further protection

• Stabilize the structure

• If necessary, winterize your home

       For securing and protecting your home, contact Woodard and we will provide you with services.


Within 24 – 48 Hours

When working with Woodard, we will schedule a meeting with you and one of our certified Project Managers. A Project Manager will walk through your home with you to discuss your personal property. We will safely remove and deliver your items to our secure ContentCare Center® where your items will be professionally deodorized, cleaned, and stored until your home is ready. All of your valuables are handled with the utmost care and consideration. Items include, but are not limited to:

• Documents*

• Artwork, statues, and other collectible items

• Furniture

• Crystal, glassware, and ceramics

       * Any documents provided to Woodard will remain private and confidential.

Our IICRC-certified and trained Fire Restoration crews are always ready to address and mitigate any fire related damage quickly and expertly. To learn more about our Fire Damage Restoration Services, click here.


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